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Leisurely IslamNegotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut$
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Lara Deeb and Mona Harb

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153650

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153650.001.0001

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Mapping Leisure and Café Styles

Mapping Leisure and Café Styles

(p.102) 3 Mapping Leisure and Café Styles
Leisurely Islam

Lara Deeb

Mona Harb

Princeton University Press

Prior to 2000, Dahiya had a few pizza places scattered along some of its commercial streets that functioned like the local man'oushe and fast-food stands. With the introduction of the Internet in Lebanon, businesses providing access appeared across Beirut, including in Dahiya. Initially, Internet access was incorporated into the “amusement centers” where young men played pool and computer games. Eventually, some of these gaming centers became small cybercafés, providing Wi-Fi along with wired desktop computers, food, and drinks. Over time, they attracted an increasingly mixed clientele of youths. This chapter provides a geographic analysis of these new leisure sites, mapping them onto Dahiya's streets and neighborhoods, and comparing their architectural design and aesthetic features.

Keywords:   Dahiya, south Beirut, Lebanon, café, leisure sites

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